Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Saying Goodbye to the Old Digs

Office Ready for New Mayor
 
       I left my office and City Hall for the last time as Mayor today. On Friday at 12:01AM
 Joe Butler Jr becomes Mayor and the change is formalized later Friday at a swearing in ceremony.
       The spacious office on the third floor will get a thorough cleaning and a new paint scheme if the new Mayor desires.
        For 20 years I have met constituents, welcomed visitors, held meetings and conducted the affairs of the office from this mid 60s wooden desk.  Chairs were bought when I first took office in 1992, as the previous colored vinyl furniture was very Beach Boys in it's era.
        One thing I don't have to do on Thursday is read the agenda for next Monday's meeting.
         I'll be back for the monthly CAB meetings but other than that won't be by except for Jet's license renewal.
      
      

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's an era that many of us will miss, Mr Mayor. I believe we will now enter a time where city government is a quiet, private affair. Many seemed to want that. Not sure if this will be in the best interests of the city. I always appreciated a mayor that was accessible. Thank you for all the hard work you put into the service of your community. We will not forget.

Anonymous said...

Butler hasn't served a day in office but you've already counted him as inaccessible 4:38. Maybe he and the new young councilmen will take away some of the apathy that's ingrained in Watertown government for so long now.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Amen to the above post.

And please note I always post with my name. Why? Contrary to a certain Anon here and THE GN at the Hotline and Live at 5 shows, I am NOT two-faced nor using double standards as he always implies.

I have no reason to hide behind some silly-ass moniker, or Anon label, but likewise I will always defend myself. The cheap insults and near slander are a bit too much ergo: therefore, I will never call those two shows again.

So in that regard I am like Jeff, I am moving on.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ...

Anonymous said...

8:28, maybe Butler will be accessible to the citizens of watertown. He's already proven his willingness to meet privately with the firemen. Is this the kind of accessibility you seek?

Anonymous said...

Well said 8:28...but remember who's blog the commenters are writing on. They were fans of Mr. Graham and obviously could care less about giving the new guy a chance. The apathy was thick.

Anonymous said...

As the old Saying - says- the Grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. don't believe that ?? ask St.Lawrence County about their District Attorney that was elected.

Wait and see Mr. Mayor.

Anonymous said...

Danny, I'd be damned if I let someone dictate that you give up your right to free speech. I give you credit in that you didn't harp out his name/alias in every breath as he did yours. There's no reason for that, you don't own the party you belong to, nor make every decision for them. As a listener it always sounded like a very focused gripe at you, almost baiting you on. But hey, as long as it's followed up with "its not personal" guess that made it ok in his mind. In high school it was called bullying, some never leave high school.

Anonymous said...

3:05 you are spot on, easier to believe there was some sort of underlying conspiracy going on. That involved 70% of the voters.

12:53, why is it that you choose to believe a meeting with the firefighters is evil, yet likely ignored the whole lotto controversy that went on? In my voting opinion that's the last time my vote was going that way.

Anonymous said...

Methinks our local mouthpiece for the Democrat party is still upset that voters rejected his political orgasm for Todd Demar. That didn't work out as planned. I also will give 10:1 odds this crying act about never calling in again will last just about as long as the Liar In Chief's nuke deal with the Iranians. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the most partisan yapper the north country has ever seen. If he keeps his word, I'll feel terrible. But then again I'm a racist.

Anonymous said...

Ipublious, no one said you were two faced. You have as many faces as your party requires. It is this partisanship that turns off so many. It's not about your "GN" guy. It's about people who love their party more than they love their country. Sir, it is something to think about. Partisanship is part of why the nation is in such trouble. President and King Obama would never have happened any other way.

Anonymous said...

3:05, well done is better than well said.
Ben Franklin

There is no way to defend secret, closed meetings with a group of employees, especially when contract negotiations are under way. This has nothing to do with giving people a chance. It has more to do with inappropriate actions. Go ahead, defend that.

Anonymous said...

I assume you were in the room and knew what was said, 7:19. If not I don't see a problem with building good relationships with employees.

I think it only fair that both arguing children be banished from the Hotline. Oh wait, that would leave only Caveman and Crazy Ray as callers, nevermind.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

9:58 - thanks for that post. I agree, but my point stands ... I'm at a stage where I don't need that abuse, and yes it is abuse: raw, nasty and yes, "free" speech - but damn sure not responsible. I'm just sick and tired of defending his "free" speech with mine ...

I actually can find better things to do... let's see if "he" can and all I say is I fee pity for "him" and how, yes, the Anonymous 11:16 sounds like or could be "him" too - who knows; who cares.

Sayonara ...

Anonymous said...

Ego is what has resulted in some taking their toys and going home. What it really means is some have consistently lost the debate. Easy to do if you only see things through party line love. There's no way you will stay away from your daily calls. But it is a neat way for you to attempt to keep yourself in the spotlight.

9:03, think. Or give it a shot anyway. It doesn't matter what was said during Butler's secret meeting. You do not send that kind of message during a campaign. I appreciate your spin, but it's wrong any way you think of it.

Anonymous said...

Even though I don't always agree with Mr. Francis' take on things, I enjoy listening to him call in the two shows. On the other hand, the guy who likes to complain about him acts like a snot on the school playground. He adds nothing to either show except complaining about one of its callers.